Balclutha Primary School - T2 Wk 7

Newsletter 18 June 2021


Kia Ora e te Whānau,

Welcome to a wet and dreary Week 7. I think we all breathed a sigh of relief when the sun started peeking out today!

With only 3 weeks to go until the next term break and the shortest day looming, we are really noticing the 'Winter blues' settling in with an increase in coughs, colds and nasty bugs doing the rounds.

Thank you to the parents who have been keeping their unwell children at home and giving them a chance to recover before returning to school. A child that is unwell doesn't learn effectively, but they do spread their bugs to other students and staff. Children who have been vomiting are also expected to be at home for at least 48 hours after they have stopped vomiting to ensure they are still not contagious.

We appreciate your support as we try and keep all members of our school community as healthy as possible.

Ngā mihi nui,

Vicki Neave

Policy and Procedure Review

This term the Board of Trustees is reviewing a number of policies. This includes 'Reporting to Parents'. We would appreciate your feedback. A copy of the current procedure is here:

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If you would like to place feedback about the procedure, you have 2 options:

1. Log into our school docs account and place feedback online. This can be accessed through our website:

2. Complete the form on this newsletter (able to be downloaded using the "School docs feedback" link below) and return it to the school office.

We would appreciate any feedback by the end of this term.

Thank you

Vicki Neave, Principal

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Reminder: Teacher Only Day

A reminder that we will be closed for instruction next Friday (25 June 2021) as our teachers are having a Teacher Only Day. No children at school this day.

OSCAR will be available for bookings - phone - 027 315 7253

Faamanatu o le aso Faraile 25 o Iuni o le aso faapitoa mo faiaoga, e leai se aoga mo tamaiti i lenei aso.

Paid Union Meeting for Teachers

Balclutha Primary School teachers who are members of NZEI Te Riu Roa, will be attending a paid union meeting at 1:30pm on Thursday 1 July.

The purpose of this meeting is for teachers to discuss the priorities for the renegotiation of their collective agreement in 2022. Issues being discussed, such as school staffing levels, directly impact on the education of your children. These meetings are a critical component of the negotiation process and it is the legal right of all members to attend a meeting and have their say.

All the students will be released and will be ready to be picked up at 12:30pm on this day.

Thank you for your understanding.

OSCAR will be available for bookings this afternoon - phone - 027 315 7253

Vicki Neave


School Photos

Just a reminder to let you know the photo order cut off date is 24th June. If you haven't received your login by email or you need help to get your login, please contact the school office before 24 June.

Whānau and School Update

Our June Whānau and School Meeting is next Thursday 24 June at 7pm in the school staffroom. It would be great to see some new faces come along.

Whānau and School Co-Presidents

Sara Sutherland and Carleigh Frisby


Vision and Hearing Technician visiting

Lisa Sasse (Vision Hearing Technician, Southern District Health Board) will be at BPS next Wednesday 23 June 2021.

Lisa will be testing all our Year 7 pupils distance vision. This test is free for all New Zealand year 7 pupils. If you do NOT want your child's vision tested, please contact the school office before next Wednesday.

Lisa will also be checking a few of our junior pupils hearing and vision. Consent forms have been sent home (or already returned) for these pupils. If you have a consent form, please complete and return it to the school office before next Wednesday.

South Otago High School Open Night

S.O.H.S. will be holding an open night on Wednesday, 7th July 6 - 8pm (starting in the school hall at 6pm).

This is an opportunity for year 8 (and year 7) students and their families to visit the school and meet with some of the staff and students, look around the school and try out various activities.

A free sausage sizzle, tea and coffee will be available at the end of the evening.

Questions prior to the Open Night are welcome. If you have a question please enter it on the form at


Y7 & Y8 South Otago Netball Development Teams open trial registrations are now open (form available on link below) - These will be held on Sunday 11th July 10.30am - 12.00pm

All players must register for these trials by Friday 2nd July - any questions please contact

Room 1 Movie below - practicing crossing their midlines!

Room 2 - is very lucky to have Mrs Judson as she bought in some new puzzles and games for us to use, just in time for the wet weather. Thank you Mrs Judson!

Room 3 learnt the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty and then created their own Humpty Dumpty. Some are even falling off the wall!

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Room 6 practicing their basketball skills!

Room 12

Year 6 and 7 children had a great time at camp. Now we are back at school we are continuing with our learning about Mt Cook and reflecting about camp. Some of Room 12's highlights are shown in the photos.

Hooker Valley walk - "The views at the end of the walk were magical" Joss

Mini Golf - "It was really fun, most of us got a hole in one" Taylah

Clay Cliffs - "It was really rocky and fun to look at the clay, the formation of the cliffs was interesting." Jeffrey

DOC learning - I learnt about predators that shouldn't be in New Zealand like stoats, ferrets, and wild cats. They are killing our native birds." Maddox

Salmon Farm - "It was my first time seeing a salmon. It was disgusting seeing it get gutted and filleted." Rosemariah

Blue Lake walk - "We had to walk up lots of stairs to get to the top. At halfway we saw the lake, I was disappointed because it wasn't blue it was green. But at the top we saw a cool glacier and icebergs." Liam

Year 8 students in Room 11 have been creating poetry over the last week and used some of their Term One camp experiences and their Saturday sport for their focus...

Congratulations to everyone who received an award at last week's assembly. Recipients are below with the reason they received their award. Well done everyone!

Room 1

  • Nathanael Andrew - for settling into routine and listening well to instructions. You are doing so well Nathanael!

Room 2

  • Rahi Escovar - Rahi is producing some outstanding writing and is showing more confidence in all areas of school.
  • Dylan Young - Dylan has been putting some great effort into his reading lately, well done!

Room 3

  • Sam Samuelu - for trying his best in writing. He is creating awesome stories with his pictures.
  • Liberty Van Asperen - for beginning to take responsibility for her actions. Keep this up!

Room 5

  • Tayla-Rose Knight - for working hard in maths and having a positive attitude. Always kind and helpful.
  • Ana Ramsay - knowing what she needs to learn and asking for help to do it.

Room 6

  • Eva Cleverley - for looking out for others and getting started on tasks straight away.
  • Rylie Labes - for showing responsibility for her learning and acting with integrity.

Room 12

  • Ethan Scott - for showing responsibility and assisting the relief teacher.

Room 11

  • Abby McKinney - for being driven and motivated to make the most of every learning opportunity.
  • Penny Coote - for managing her learning both in and out of the classroom.

Events coming up next week

Monday - BoT Meeting, 6pm (School Staffroom).

Tuesday - Year 7 / 8 Hockey Tournament (postponement date 24 June).

Wednesday - Vision and Hearing Technician on site. (Year 7's distance vision check and new entrant checks.)

Wednesday - "Balclutha Butterflies" - visiting Room 1, 2pm.

Thursday - closing day for ordering school photos.

Thursday 7pm - Wāanau and School Meeting, School Staffroom.

Friday - Teacher Only Day - no children this day.

Happy Birthday this week (and weekend) to....

  • Penelope Talione Vasa Pene
  • Joss Winslade
  • Paige McPhee
  • Te Rawhiti Benington
  • Aidan Cloete

Bank Accounts

  • School Saveloys, sport fees and all camp fundraising - 02 0900 0000 452 00
  • Whānau and School, fundraising, school uniforms (2nd hand and new) -
  • 03 1734 0006449 00